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Stroll: Every team can be competitive this year

  • Published on 29 Feb 2020 13:30
  • comments 2
  • By: Coilin Higgins

Racing Point driver Lance Stroll has spoken out about the team's competition coming into the new season, believing that all teams can be competitive right off the mark in Melbourne.

Speaking during Thursday's testing in Barcelona, Stroll noted that although the Racing Point RP20 looks like a step up from its rivals, all of the teams are reporting better performance with their 2020 machines.

When asked if the RP20 was the car he always wanted since his debut with Williams in 2017, Stroll explained that constant evolution within F1 always means the cars are getting faster with each year.

"[It's] still early days. Formula 1 cars are getting quicker and quicker every year so it is obviously better than the Williams in 2017," Stroll commented. "Well, all the cars are better than in 2017 but it's all relative to the competition.

"I think everyone is going to be competitive this season and I think everyone is going to be happy with their cars, with everyone saying the cars are grippier than ever and more downforce.

"I think that's the same case with our car. Some things are better but we will find out in Melbourne where we are relative to the others."

RP20 has both 'strengths and weaknesses'

With the Racing Point team looking to make a strong start ahead of the competition in Melbourne, Stroll warned that like every team, Racing Point is still struggling with some weaknesses with its new car.

Stroll also said that there is a long season ahead for all the teams in 2020 and that a strong start won't guarantee a consistent season for anyone.

"We will see," Stroll added. "It is a long season and it's not just about Australia. We definitely have some weaknesses, some strengths and some weaknesses just like all the teams out there and their cars out there on the grid.

"We are still finding speed on certain areas of the track so we will see how Melbourne treats us."

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  • It will no doubt be a learning experience for them. This car is based on a completely different philosophy than their cars used to be, meaning they'll face different development and different pros and cons with the car. For instance, we really don't know whether they'll be as tyre-friendly as they used to be. Furthermore: The previous RP/FI cars were all high rake, like your RBs and Ferraris, while this car is of much lower rake. Considering much of the stuff they get from Merc' are meant for low-rake configs, they'll get some benefits from it, but they'll have to think very differently when developing aero for this car.

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    • Feb 29 2020 - 20:15
  • "Every team can be competitive this year" Time to step up or move on Lance. This is the year to prove yourself. I think he's holding Racing Point back from being as good as they could be.

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    • Mar 2 2020 - 04:48

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